Chief Executive Officer
Irene has worked previously as a consumer/peer worker in public health and was instrumental in developing the peer workforce program at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District where she took on the role as District Manager Peer Workforce Program. Irene was also instrumental in setting up the South Eastern Sydney Recovery College where she held the position of Education Coordinator. After leaving these two roles, Irene went on to set up her own peer-led organisation as a way of developing the peer workforce across NSW. She has worked as a passionate advocate at local, state and National levels on a number of committee’s and Boards and has been a past Chairperson with Being.
David was previously Deputy CEO of Mental Health Carers NSW. He brings his lived experience into the role, along with a wealth of experience managing teams for Lifeline Western Sydney and Uniting Recovery’s Carer Respite Services. For 3 years, David developed and facilitated a program for those at risk of homelessness, working closely with people experiencing mental health issues, alcohol and other drug problems, self-esteem issues and experiences of social isolation and exclusion.
Kirsten brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to her role. She is currently studying Bachelor of Health Science – Health Promotion and Health Policy. She has a particular interest in the mental health of young people and ensuring that all people who have an experience of mental illness are able to participate as citizens in the community of their choice.
Elena has a degree in the social sciences and human geography and previous work experience in research and administration. She has a particular interest in housing and mental health and is passionate about lived experience informing research and policy making.
Jaime has a background in psychology and communications and has previous work experience implementing policy in higher education and non-profit environments. She has a passion for change based on her professional and personal experience and wants mental health policy to reflect consumers aspirations.
Policy Assistant/Executive Support
Emma has a background in communications, and is currently studying a Master of Public Health. She is particularly interested in the role of lived experience in mental health reform, and in the relationship between mental illness and Autism Spectrum Disorder.